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Sustainable Web Design

  • Jun 18, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Estimates are in on Internet power use and the results don’t paint a rosy picture. Some say the Web consumes as much electricity as 30 nuclear power plants, others claim it’s more than the airline industry or a small country like Sweden. Regardless of who’s right, the fact remains that our favorite information resource uses a lot of electricity, very little of which comes from clean or renewable sources.

Web designers may be a bit late to the climate change party, due in part to the common misconception that the Internet is a “green” medium, but they have a huge opportunity to make a difference in its carbon footprint. Sustainable Web Design practices can reduce power consumption while serving up leaner and greener pages to more users across more platforms and devices.

Tim Frick and Julian Rockwood of Mightybytes, an Illinois B Corp, will discuss internet power usage, principles of sustainable web design, and the story of how their product EcoGrader—a free tool that measures website sustainability and was recently featured in Fast Company—can help web designers build more efficient and sustainable websites.



Tim is the founder of Illinois B Corp @Mightybytes and the author of books on interactive media and marketing. He's also a speaker, educator, cyclist, and occasional brewer of beer. Tim sits on the board of Climate Ride, a national charity bike ride for sustainable solutions and the advisory council for Eco-Andersonville. Twitter: @timfrick

Julian is a Product / Project Manager at Mightybytes. Before Mightybytes, Julian was Product Manager at the software start-up Signal. He enjoys the stress and satisfaction of launching products. Outside of work Julian produces music and has logged 467 miles running along Lake Michigan. He hails from Toledo, Ohio. Twitter: @julianrockfish

More info about this topic can be found in Mightybytes' blog posts on sustainable web design.

*Doors open at 5:30 pm with presentation starting at 6:00 pm.There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and networking after Tim and Julian's presentation.

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  • Amy W.

    Here are Tim & Julian's slides from our Meetup on Tuesday:

    June 21, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Terrific subject matter and presentation. Really eye opening in terms of both the problem and also resources for some simple steps at being part of the solution.

    June 19, 2013

  • John H.

    The MightyBytes team did a wonderful job delving into the best practices of sustainable web design. The discussion was a great primer on the subject, and I look forward to positioning my design & development goals around the idea of sustainability. I think this subject needs to be spread across all the popular UX/design/development blogs, and look forward to engaging the community in further discussion.

    June 18, 2013

  • Christian M.

    Great presentation- really valuable insights and tips.

    June 18, 2013

  • John H.

    Awesome presentation! Thanks you wunderland and mighty bytes.

    June 18, 2013

  • Michael

    I had to work late on web projects. I will see the group at the next meetup. Thanks.

    June 18, 2013

  • Elizabeth N.

    Sorry for the late notice. Have to stay on the job tonight.

    June 18, 2013

  • Tracey H.

    I will try the streaming link for this meeting.

    June 18, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thanks! Look forward to attending with my colleague!

    June 18, 2013

  • Bobby L. N.

    I just joined today. This will be my first meeting. Happy to be coming.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Afraid something has come up. Apologies.

    June 18, 2013

  • John H.

    Looking forward to tonight. Love the topic.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jay W.

    Working late, sorry.

    June 17, 2013

  • Sankar B.

    I couldn't join tomorrow.

    June 17, 2013

  • professor3d

    Looking forward to meeting some new people.

    June 13, 2013

  • Jack J.

    I'll be there. RSVP me Jack [masked]

    May 24, 2013

  • Marvin R.

    The Ocean Agency may be stopping by!

    May 23, 2013

    • Judi W.

      Great! Have everyone join the group and come on out!

      May 23, 2013

  • Adam K.

    Looking forward to it.

    May 23, 2013

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